ACRI Facts

New Zealand-China relations: 2017-18

December

In a 2015 research report for the Australia-China Relations Institute, former New Zealand High Commissioner in Canberra John Larkindale wrote of the New Zealand-China relationship:[1]

The relationship has never become a topic for partisan political division, though elements of China’s growing presence in New Zealand and aspects of the economic links are increasingly attracting debate, and sometimes controversy.

China's Emissions Trading Scheme: What it means for Australia

December

1. On December 19 2017 China took the first step towards launching a nation-wide carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS).[1] It has been testing emissions trading since 2013 with  seven pilot schemes in five cities (Beijing, Chongqing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzen) and two provinces (Guangdong and Hubei).

The Victoria-China economic relationship

December

1. Victoria’s goods exports are worth $24.7 billion, of which $5.4 billion is to China.[1] This is:

- 1.8 times that to the US;

- 2.6 times that to New Zealand; and

- 3.5 times that to Japan.

2. The value of Victoria’s goods exports to China increased by $1.8 billion in the past five years.[2] This is:

- 1.2 times that to the US, and

- 12.6 times that to New Zealand.

The PRC diaspora in Australia

December

- In 2015-16 the number of residents in Australia born in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) totalled approximately 526,000. That is, 2.2 percent of the Australian population.[1] This compares with:[2]

- UK 5 percent;

- New Zealand 2.5 percent;

- India 1.9 percent;

- Philippines 1 percent; and

- Vietnam 1 percent.

Australia's tilt on China: An update

December

In July 2017 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) published the fact sheet ‘Australia’s tilt on China’, which details Australian government representatives’ statements on China and the Australia-China relationship in the first half of the year.[1]

Since this time, the messages sent on the bilateral relationship have been mixed..

Australian students in China

December

1. In 2016, there were 442,389 international students in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Of these, 4,796 (1.1 percent) were from Australia.[1]

2. In 2016, Australia was the 23rd source country for international students in the PRC. The top 10 were:[2]

Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative: An overview

December

There was only one direct mention of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, released on November 23, and it signalled the Australian Government would continue its cautious approach toward the initiative.

Media coverage of Chinese students in Australia

December

Chinese students in Australia have been a focus of media attention in 2017.

In recent months we’ve seen denunciations of Australian university lecturers who have offended Beijing’s patriotic sensibilities.

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Racial chauvinism is only one of the challenges that Beijing is exporting to universities.1

Chinese students at universities in Australia have their professors walking on eggshells.

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China in Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper

December

On November 23 Australia released its first Foreign Policy White Paper in 14 years. Developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the 2017 paper enjoys broad bipartisan support. Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong, writing in The Australian, stated:[1]

Chinese ownership of Australian agricultural land

December

1. Total foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land in terms of area (hectares) fell from 14.1 percent at 30 June 2016 to 13.6 percent at 30 June 2017.[1]

2. More than 99 percent of agricultural businesses nationwide are wholly Australian-owned. Wholly Australian-owned businesses also control 87 percent of agricultural water entitlements.[2]